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Tobias J. Kippenberg awarded the ICO Prize 2013

photo Dr. habil. Tobias J. Kippenberg , Head of the Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has been awarded the ICO Prize 2013 for "his innovative and pioneering research on cavity optomechanics and optical frequency combs using optical microresonators."

Since 2013 he has been Professor in the Institute of Condensed Matter Physics and EE at EPFL. He joined EPFL in 2008 as Tenure Track Assistant Professor. Prior to his appointment at EPFL he was Independent Max Planck Junior Research group leader at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching in the Division of T.W. Haensch. Early in his career, in 1996, he won the 1st prize of the "8th European Union Contest for Young Scientists". Dr. habil. T. J. Kippenberg obtained his BA at the RWTH Aachen in 1998, his PhD at Caltech in 2004 and Habilitation in Physics at the LMU Munich in 2009. While at the MPQ he demonstrated radiation pressure cooling of optical micro-resonators, and developed techniques with which mechanical oscillators can be cooled, measured and manipulated in the quantum regime that are now part of 2the research field of Cavity Quantum Optomechanics. Moreover his group discovered the generation of optical frequency combs using high Q micro-resonators. For his early contributions in these two research fields he has been recipient of the Helmholtz Prize in Metrology (2009), the EPS Fresnel Prize (2009) and the EFTF Award for Young Scientists (2011).